Since we are always looking for great healthy snack ideas to keep our energy levels up and fend off the unhealthy munchies, I wanted to share with you a post from a very cool, fellow health blogger: Helene Choo (creator of HC Lifestyle Blog). Enjoy!
Hi! I’m Helene, creator of the HC Lifestyle Blog, where I write about travel, health/fitness, and food. All the glorious food. I’m a big snacker, always have been, but recently, I’ve been trying to eat healthier. It’s made a huge difference in my overall fitness levels! However, once in awhile, I still get this desire to snack, so I try to at least eat something healthy-ish instead of fatty, sugary things. Here’s my list of healthy(ish), guilt-free snacks.
There’s nothing like the good ol’ avo. Admit it, it’s your favourite vegetable (is it even a vegetable??). Avocado toast is very versatile, you can pair it with just about anything: egg, smoked salmon, feta cheese,… The possibilities are endless. Just make sure you’re having wholegrain brown bread with it, and you’ll be a-ok.
Here are some ideas for avocado toast recipes!
I tend to grab a banana if I’m feeling really hungry, because it’s so filling and it takes no effort to prepare (unless you count peeling a banana as effort, in which case, you are LAZY). Again, there are so many yummy fruits out there. Also ideal if you’re craving something sweet. If you feel like just the fruit is too plain, pair it with some yoghurt. Which brings me to the next one.
Get imaginative! As mentioned before, you can pair it with fruit, a coulis (that’s mashed up fruit), oats, muesli…I like to have it with some honey and banana to make it sweet and flavourful. Say it with me: mmmmmmh! The frozen variation is also great in the summer.
Need ideas for toppings? Here you go🙂
I’m kind of in the process of deconstructing a smoothie bowl here, aren´t I! Oats can be made lots of different ways. For example, if you don’t feel in the mood for warm oatmeal, you can make overnight oats, which are just as yummy and filling, and make an excellent snack.
Find some overnight oat recipes right here.
Technically more of a drink than a food, but they can be really really filling if you put the right things in them. Again, let your imagination run wild! Any combination of a base (juice or dairy), fruit (as many different types as you want), cereal (or oats), and extra things (protein powder, almond butter, etc.) will give you a much-needed boost. And I promise, you won’t feel hungry after that.
Here’s the BBC Goodfood page for smoothie recipes for inspiration!
Nuts are a great source of healthy fats. Just try to get unsalted ones, so you don’t overdose on sodium. Find out which types you like, or just get a bag of mixed nuts.
Veggies and Hummus
I love doing this. Celery and carrots make excellent dipping veggies. The hummus gives it flavour, and some texture. You can do the same with guacamole (don’t quote me on that, that’s just my invention), or avocado hummus. Or any flavour hummus, for that matter. All the hummus. Yum.
Want to make different types of hummus? Check here!
Why not make an omelette, hardboiled eggs, or poached eggs (goes really well with avocado toast)! Eggs are a good source of protein. I just have them with some herb salt, but you can season them any way you want, with tabasco, or by adding some cheese.
Here are some egg recipes for you to try, some simpler, some more complex.
Not the microwave kind. Get the kernels, and pop it yourself, so that you can control how much salt/sugar goes on there.
I’m sure you know by now, but dark chocolate (> 60% cocoa) is wayyyy healthier than its milk or white counterparts. It even has some health benefits. So, nothing wrong with breaking out the dark choc when you’re craving a little something sweet.
I hope you enjoyed this list of healthy snacks you can have when you get hungry throughout the day. Isn’t it great to know that there are alternatives to the usual crisps and chocolate bars that we’re conditioned to reach for?
If you have any questions or comments, please let me know! It would be great to see you all over at my blog or to connect with you on social media.
All the best,